Brenden Aaronson has set his sights on becoming a Leeds United legend after his best trait has already earned him fan favourite status.
There were genuine fears among sections of the Leeds fanbase regarding how their side would perform in a post-Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips world.
The pair were unquestionably Leeds’ finest assets, though both were sold to Barcelona and Man City respectively this summer.
Leeds generated just shy of £100m combined for the pair. They wasted no time reinvesting the cash and the early signs suggest they spent it wisely.
Rasmus Kristensen has been the only notable struggler from their first-team additions thus far.
Marc Roca and Tyler Adams have already struck up a promising partnership in the engine room. While his place in Leeds folklore is secure, Phillips has not been as difficult to replace as some feared.
In the forward ranks, Luis Sinisterra has already caught the eye with a pair of goals. But it is Brenden Aaronson who has arguably bedded in the quickest.
The USA international, 21, has started all six of Leeds’ league fixtures and his showcased his versatility, operating both at No 10 and on the right wing.
However, his greatest asset is his tireless workrate, something that has ensured Leeds are able to maintain the high intensity style that has been the hallmark of their return to the top flight.
Now, speaking to the media while on duty with the USMNT, Aaronson – who already has a song in his name to the tune of Estelle’s American Boy – stressed his desire and intensity is what has won Leeds fans over.
Tireless work ethic earns immediate adoration
Furthermore, he also aimed high, claiming he hopes to become a club legend one day.
To do that, longevity will be required and given his impressive start to life at Elland Road, Leeds fans would nothing more than to see Aaronson remain in white for the long haul.
“They see how much I work and how much I’m willing to work for the team,” Aaronson said when asked about the fan reception (via Goal).
“I’ll always give 110 percent and I think that they like that. That’s the kind of team we have. So that’s also amazing to see.
“I’m really grateful to be at Leeds and I think that everybody can see that I’m willing to work 110 percent and give everything I can to help the team win.
“I just want to keep getting better and better and become the best I can be and, hopefully, be a legend for the club at some point.”
Aaronson in “top one percent in the world”
The American has delighted Leeds crowds with his energetic displays. However, what makes them all the more impressive is the fact he rarely seems to tire and can be just as effective late in games as he is early.
His elite stamina levels impressed Stephen Hogan who coached Aaronson at Philadelphia Union’s feeder club, Bethlehem Steel (now known as Philadelphia Union II).
In fact, Hogan claimed Aaronson’s engine puts him in the top one percent of all footballers in the world in that category.
“The running is not going to be an issue,” said Hogan (via Goal).
“He is in the top one per cent in the world for that, consistent running and consistent sprinting. That is not going to bother him.
“When you have those defensive qualities that high up the field you cannot take him off, you cannot not play him. You build the rest of the forward line around him. Which is scary to say when he is not even 22.
“I can see why Jesse went for him. They line up because they are both hyper-intelligent people with a similar mindset. Brenden will only get stronger. He is only 21.
“I actually think he could develop into a proper 10. He will pop in that league, it is just a matter of time.”